Iconic hairdresser, Creative Director of Valonz Hair Cutters and Wella Professionals Global Creative Artist Renya Xydis sits down with INSTYLE to share what makes her tick.

How would you describe your style aesthetic?

I love a pop of colour! My pink hair is a pop, but if I am wearing an all-black outfit, I will always add a bright lip or another colour. My signature style is my pink/lilac hair, loose waves, black nails, and a Tom Ford red lip!

Where is your ultimate holiday destination?  

Mykonos, Greece

What are some hair products or tools you will always reach for? 

I find that I always turn to a loose, effortless wave when styling my hair. That means I always prep my hair using Wella Professionals’ Ocean Spritz to give it volume and help hold its shape. I grab my Dyson SuperSonic hair dryer followed by the Cloud Nine Waving Wand to create big loose waves. I finish off by brushing them through for a natural, wavy look that’ll last all day.

A song that is forever on repeat?

Oh My God by Michael Frant

Signature scent?

I love creating scents! I will take patchouli, orange, geranium, whatever I can find, and mix them. I put them on my hair and clothes as the scent lasts longer that way. I love the Fig Perfume from Kleins Perfumery in Melbourne. And as a bit of sentiment, I love wearing honeysuckle as it reminds me of my grandmother, that’s what she wore when I was growing up.

Favourite Instagram accounts? 

@piabaroncini @vikyandthekid

Best advice anyone has given you?

I live by the mantra “surround yourself with creative, inspiring people and create unforgettable experiences”.

When do you feel happiest?

I get the most joy from my husband and two sons, but apart from my family, it is either being in the salon or travelling. I find that being amongst different cultures and different places in the world is what makes my heart beat faster. I thrive off being busy, meeting new people and hearing other people’s stories. It inspires me!

Top three things on your bucket list? 

Bungee jump, a Formula 1 car ride, or I’d love to have a conversation with Sophia Loren.